Tuesday Open Thread | An officer is charged with assault after a video shows him Taser and strangle a Black man for jaywalking

So disturbing to watch. Poor man was tired and just walking home from work and here comes savage predators to prey. The trauma black people suffer at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect. They hunt and prey. It thrills them.

A police officer in North Carolina resigned and is facing assault charges after body camera footage reportedly revealed him beating and choking an African-American man before tasering him over suspicions of jaywalking.

CNN reported Friday that Christopher Hickman, 31, resigned in January after being removed from patrol duty last August over the incident and will now face preliminary charges of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.

Hickman, who worked for the Asheville Police Department, was taken into custody Thursday after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Body camera footage of the incident allegedly shows Hickman chasing Johnnie Jermaine Rush, then 32, for suspected jaywalking last August. The footage outraged many in North Carolina as Hickman can be heard in the aftermath saying he “beat the shit” out of Rush’s head.

“[He] thinks it’s funny,” Hickman is also heard saying during the chase. “You know what’s funny is you’re gonna get f—ed up hardcore.”

Rush, meanwhile, was unarmed and can be heard yelling “I can’t breathe” in distress during the confrontation.

Hickman resigned in January before the department terminated him over the incident. In an interview with local TV station WLOS, Police Chief Tammy Hooper said the footage looked “bad.”

“The whole thing is bad, right? When I watched the video, I had the same reaction as probably you did when you watched it,” Hooper told WLOS. “It’s just a terrible, egregious case. The whole reason around the stop to begin with was just a bad thing from start to finish.”

The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union condemned the confrontation in a tweet, saying there was “no excuse” for the violence.

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109 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | An officer is charged with assault after a video shows him Taser and strangle a Black man for jaywalking

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  4. Liza says:

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  5. rikyrah says:


    I may not like Tester, but he votes more with us than against us…

    Just more GOP ratphucking.

    Timothy Adams filed as a challenger Monday against Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who faces a tough re-election campaign, in a race where a Green Party candidate could siphon votes from the Democrat.

    The Green Party qualified as a political party in Montana on Monday, which was also the state’s deadline for candidates to file for office. Green Party officials blasted an email that morning to solicit candidates who could register by the day’s end.

  6. eliihass says:

    Can this nightmare please be over now.. And can someone please introduce the imported Birther gold digger to the conman sugar daddy she hooked up with and married..

    Can folks please, please seriously stop indulging this obvious gaslighting …and the buffoon and his lying, plagiarizing, silicone-filled, vacuous, preening, marginally literate, deflection decoy 2.0’s desperate need to be legitimized and normalized – and most importantly, for yet another robotic squinting, pouting photo-op and faux-fashion photo-shoot for the future extensively photo-shopped photo-book she’s already planning and looking to dishonestly embelish and profit from..

    “…Melania Trump plans to convene tech giants including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Snap next week to discuss ways to combat online harassment and promote Internet safety, according to four people familiar with her efforts.

    The meeting at the White House, slated for March 20, marks the first major policy push in the first lady’s long-ago announced campaign to combat cyberbullying. At the gathering, Trump plans to ask policy executives from tech companies to detail how they’ve sought to address digital ills plaguing Web users, such as the rise of online trolls and the spread of malicious content, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss her efforts on the record.

    But the people said they don’t expect the first lady to unveil any policy proposals to combat cyberbullying — a term her team has sought to avoid, instead opting to focus on the need for kindness online..”


  7. Vitamin

    It was on Jonne’s mail route today. Copperhead. Jonne killed it because she said it was little kids outside playing and she didn’t want that snake to come in contact with those little ones.

    One day she saw a Coachwhip stand straight up in front of her car and did she scream.

  8. eliihass says:

    Fam, fam, fam..this self-loathing, shuck and jive weasel is about to get a serious wake-up call… He’s in for a whole lot of Karma hurt..

    David Clarke’s soon to be ex-wife:


    David Clarke’s former hijab-wearing, now not so much, ‘mooslim’ side piece..


    • eliihass says:

      “..But when asked to confirm or deny whether they were having an affair, Mirahmadi told Cockburn, ‘well, he’s filing for a divorce, so I don’t think it’s technically an affair. I don’t really want to comment on the nature of our relationship.’

      In an interview last November, reported in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Clarke described Mirahmadi as his ‘partner, business partner’. As well as her sensitivity training job, she runs DAC Enterprises, a company whose only apparent purpose is to manage Clarke’s persona. Mirahmadi’s appearance has changed over the years. As late as August 2016, she wore a head covering. However, in her earliest photographed appearances with Clarke, she is not wearing one. In Colorado Springs, she wore a blazer; by CPAC, a dress with bare arms.

      Why the change? And why would Sheriff Clarke, who once talked up the idea of regular police patrols through Muslim neighbourhoods, allow a woman whose business is selling the kind of soft rhetoric about Islamic extremism that drives conservatives crazy to run his personal brand?

      On December 6, Clarke showed up at an awards ceremony hosted by Ginni Thomas at the Trump Hotel in DC, but did not win an award — a fact multiple reporters interpreted as a snub. The keynote speaker, Sean Hannity, didn’t even mention Clarke’s name. His once-ubiquitous cowboy hat has all but disappeared from Hannity.

      The Trump administration also appears to have distanced itself from the sheriff.

      ‘Kelly isn’t comfortable with me at DHS,’ Clarke allegedly told a source after the meeting with Trump in Milwaukee, referring to the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. ‘Kelly knows he can’t control me. Nobody can.’

      After being denied the Homeland Security job, Clarke’s consolation prize appears to be the role he now fills, as spokesman and senior adviser at America First Action, a pro-Trump super-PAC.

      Mirahmadi is not the only alleged other woman in this story. Messages shared with Cockburn suggest that, from 2014 to 2017, Clarke saw and communicated intimately with another woman from New Jersey. Several photos exist on Twitter of them together, at the NRA convention and CPAC 2015. By late October, 2017, however, things had soured. In an October 27, 2017 email, seen by Cockburn, she appears to threaten to expose Clarke and their affair.

      Mirahmadi claimed that the woman from New Jersey is ‘no Snow White’. ‘Yes they had an affair of some sort,’ she said. Mirahmadi sent Cockburn a series of even more sexually explicit emails, purporting to be from the woman to Clarke, in which the woman also threatened to expose him.

      As the success of Donald Trump shows, big egos can be a huge asset in politics these days. A big mouth never did the Donald any harm, and he overcame many accusations of improper behaviour with women. But, as David Clarke’s waning star shows, conservative Trump fans will only put up with so much.

      In topsy-turvy Trumpland, an inmate dying in one of your jails might not be enough to destroy your reputation. But just appearing to have an extramarital affair with a Muslim may be pushing it…”

  9. eliihass says:

    “…David Clarke, former sheriff of Milwaukee County, seemed made for Trump-era celebrity politics. Black, bearded and Stetson-wearing, he made his name with fiery conservative rhetoric, earning himself hundreds of thousands of dollars from speaking tours which crossed the country.

    Not everything, however, has gone according to plan for Clarke. When Trump entered the White House, Clarke was expected to be given a senior role in the Department of Homeland Security. But for reasons unclear that did not come to pass. It’s understood that during Trump’s visit to Milwaukee on June 13, 2017, the president met Clarke and the DHS position was discussed. According to a source who spoke with Clarke, Trump informed him that then-DHS secretary John Kelly didn’t want him in the position, and that he should withdraw. Then in September Clarke unexpectedly resigned his job as Sheriff.

    Clarke became the Make America Great Again movement’s tactical response to Black Lives Matter. In late 2016, he was, according to the Daily Beast, part of a delegation sent by the National Rifle Association to Russia that met Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia on Defense and Space Industry. In January it was reported that the FBI was investigating the trip. Even in his humbler days Clarke had a streak of zealotry;

    But Cockburn can reveal that there may be another reason for his political demise. It seems that he has for some time been conducting extra-marital affairs.

    Clarke filed for divorce from his wife two weeks ago, on the day before this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Since last year, he has been seen regularly with Hedieh Mirahmadi, a Muslim woman who has a job conducting sensitivity training with law enforcement agencies. According to her LinkedIn page, Mirahmadi was a consultant to the FBI from 2015 until June 2017.

    Mirahmadi characterises her relationship as standard for a business manager to someone of Clarke’s stature. But when asked to confirm or deny whether they were having an affair, Mirahmadi told Cockburn, ‘well, he’s filing for a divorce, so I don’t think it’s technically an affair. I don’t really want to comment on the nature of our relationship.’

    The relationship between Mirahmadi and Clarke has sparked suspicion among his conservative allies, who aren’t always open-minded when it comes to Islam. Wild theories are flying around conservative circles that Mirahmadi is an ‘operative’ for the Muslim Brotherhood…”


  10. eliihass says:

    .@SheriffClarke is having an affair with a Muslim woman, is getting divorced https://t.co/h89Vi0JbXr pic.twitter.com/fdbBAQPcx5— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) March 13, 2018


  11. eliihass says:

    Laurence Tribe
    A close friend suggested to me that the search for what Putin “has on Trump” might be misdirected. The key could be what Putin has PROMISED Trump, at least as much as how he might have THREATENED Trump. She points out that greed can be as potent a motivator for collusion as fear.
    6:59 AM · Mar 13, 2018

    • eliihass says:

      I agree with Jordana..

      Jordana Lipscomb
      Replying to @tribelaw
      I think it’s a combination of both. It’s a carrot and stick technique, very reliable for keeping loyalty.

  12. rikyrah says:

    in previous administrations you got fired for lying; in this one, you get fired if you are caught telling the truth https://t.co/plifqCWdDp— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) March 13, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    JUST IN: Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein is being fired for contradicting the account of Rex Tillerson’s dismissal, White House official tells @PeterAlexander

    — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 13, 2018

    • eliihass says:

      That deadly mix of when greed, megalomania, kompromat, treason, self-serving, complicit generals and party over country collide..

      A banana republic is born..

      Well done America..

  14. eliihass says:

    Fell out of favor ages ago..and failed to ‘find his way back’…was only a matter of time..

    “…On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he regretted awarding U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the “Order of Friendship” in 2013 now that “he’s fallen in with the wrong company,” Reuters reports.

    Speaking to a U.S. citizen at an economic forum in Vladivostock, Putin said, “We awarded your compatriot Mr. Tillerson the Order of Friendship, but he seems to have fallen in with the wrong company and to be steering in the other direction.”

    “I hope that the wind of cooperation, friendship and reciprocity will eventually put him on the right path,” the Russian leader added…”


  15. eliihass says:

    Fired by tweet.. LOL .. What say ye now Condi Rice… The ‘nice’ buffoon just fired your oilman benefactor by tweet while he was traveling – visiting shithole countries to ‘reassure’ them ..

    And booted out in the most humiliating way too, just for barely alluding that Russia may have done it..

    The guy with the ‘Order of Friendship’ award, barely mentions Russia as the culprit in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and he’s out .. think about that my fam..

    You can call treasonous buffoon a ‘fucking moron’, and still keep your job …but dare put Kremlin’s Napoleon and his poison by polonium shenanigans in the U.K in your mouth, and you’re booted pronto..

    The treasonous buffoon ain’t loyal …and especially when there’s unpayable still pending Russian loans and pee-pee kompromat to contend with …And even on a good day, he won’t even give his lackeys a chance to exit somewhat ‘gracefully’, or with some semblance of dignity once he’s done using you and gutting what’s left of a ‘soul’… And it won’t be the last time either… One hitches their wagon to the craven treasonous buffoon at their own peril… But they’re all just way too greedy, too opportunistic and way too slimy to heed the warning, or to pass up on riding the treasonous crazy gravy wagon.. Mediocrity never had such a great shot at power – and taking over as it does right now ..and occupying positions they’d never ever have dreamt of and aren’t qualified for, can make hollow mediocrity dance for the devil .. And thanks to the treasonous buffoon, it’s all just within reach…And they’re all going for it ..no matter how much gutting of what’s left of their soul is called for, and no matter how much betrayal and destruction of country it entails..

    You know that the nonstop crazy, hourly bursts of all things incredulity-eliciting, and the endless treasonous bait and switch, artifice and gaslighting is really, really taking a toll when the vacuous traitor illegally squatting in the People’s House, has me feeling a tinge of sympathy for Condi’s Exxon oilman..

    Alt-Right Kelly and Mattis aren’t guarding the republic, they’re simply providing the pseudo-legitimacy and bottom-barrel ‘clever’ guidance the treasonous buffoon needs to turn his bumbling treasonous shitshow into a more ‘orderly’ and seemingly marginally ‘respectable’ one ..for those looking from the outside in..

    This dangerous nightmare needs to end right now..

    The more brazen trial balloons via twitter fail to elicit any real concern, pushback or patriotic action, and the comfier and more settled in this Russian asset and callous, hollow, dishonorable, greedy, desperate traitor, suffering from serious delusions of grandeur, gets …and unabashedly aided by former ‘generals’ – aka the deluded Svengali crew …the harder it’ll be to get him and his kkklan and cohort out..

    If you’re a praying person, now’s a good a time as any to do a deep fast …with a very specific ask of God..

  16. rikyrah says:

    WOW! The State Department now confirms to @CNN’s @eliselabottcnn that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found out he was fired from President Trump’s tweet.

    — Javi Morgado (@javimorgado) March 13, 2018

    • eliihass says:

      This hollow, slimy, craven opportunist is the worst of the worst.. Betrayal and selling out of country, and treason of the worst sort, is no problem if he can rise to power ..by hook or crook …

      Don’t be swayed by the media’s endless attempt at propping him up – as they are glibly wont to – and even as they’ve always been proven to be so fatally wrong …A white supremacist being ‘first in his class at West Point’, is not and will never be a true measure of intelligence – and certainly, not an indication or assurance of patriotism and unimpeachable loyalty to country…especially when unbridled ambition and greed and delusions of grandeur collide …with a hostile foreign entity pulling the strings and dangling the carrots, while media types like the suddenly mute and mealy-mouthed Bob Woodward and 2-prong tongued, blowing with the wind David Ignatius, continue to boost, legitimize and normalize this bloody insanity..

      Treason is a-ok …as long as it comes courtesy of greedy white supremacists with fake billions, a couple of military ‘generals, or as a craven loser and tea-bagger congressman who by some fluke happened to be ‘first in his class’ at West Point..

    • Ametia says:


  17. A bus carrying students from Channelview Texas, y’all….


  18. LOL! NOPE! Not buying this ISH whatsoever. This has white vandals all over it.


    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I wonder if what is happening in UK with this and the nerve gas is why the Republicans closed the investigation of the intelligence committee.

    • eliihass says:

      This is too funny..

      But his boss, the crooked buffoon deep in debt, leveraged to his eyeballs, and being blackmailed for crazy money laundering spearheaded by and for a hostile foreign entity, gets to stay..?

      And gets to have access to the nuclear codes..

      You doing really great with that getting things in ‘order’, ‘general’ Kelly…

  19. The chaos continues….This mofo has fired Rex Tillerson.

  20. rikyrah says:


    Another long-time Trump aide is out: John McEntee, an original Trumper among w Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino, was escorted out of the White House on Monday https://t.co/haIhsITOxp— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) March 13, 2018

  21. rikyrah says:

    The Secretary of Exxon got his $71 million dollar tax break, didn’t he?

    So, he’s cool.

  22. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: President Trump says CIA chief Pompeo to become Sec. of State, thanks Tillerson for his service, and elevates Gina Haspel to top CIA post. https://t.co/JqlOHLpp1U pic.twitter.com/AnOuIgyCXZ

    — CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 13, 2018

  23. Ametia says:

    Listen To Ava DuVernay Drop BARS On These Soulful Early ’90s Tracks
    Can we start a petition for a new album or nah?


  24. Ametia says:

    Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo
    President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.

    Tillerson had made public remarks last year insisting he was not planning to quit despite persistent reports of disagreements between him and the White House over staffing issues at the State Department and a disconnect over what President Trump saw as Tillerson’s conventional approach to policy matters.


  25. rikyrah says:

    Good morning Everyone 😄😄😄

  26. The House Intelligence Committee is shot to hell. All credibility is gone. They are worthless & should never be trusted ever again. How can they be? They have openly denied the findings of 17 intelligence agencies. They’re putting national security at risk. Dismantle the committee.

  27. Good morning, everyone!

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